Provides Easier Navigation for Diverse Group of Users

ARLINGTON, VA — March 3, 2011 — The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) launched a new website organizing the content according to the needs of the diverse community of users, including food suppliers, retail buyers, auditors and certification bodies, and training centers and consultants.

     Each group can find the information and services they require by clicking on tabs at the top of the home page. A comprehensive list of guidance documents, codes, applications and registration forms are now located under one tab also on the home page.

     “We are excited to announce the launch of our new website, which has been several months in the making,” said Bob Garfield, senior vice president, SQFI. “Our goal was to provide easier access to the content and make it more user friendly for the many different users who come to our website.”

     Buyers can perform targeted searches for SQF-certified suppliers, specifying, for example, the product category, company type (primary producer or manufacturer), level of certification (1, 2 or 3), audit rating and country.

     Suppliers interested in becoming SQF certified can find easy-to-follow steps under the Supplier tab, including how to choose a certification body and schedule an audit.

SQFI, a division of the Food Marketing Institute, offers a leading, global food safety and quality certification program and management system, designed to meet the needs of buyers and suppliers worldwide. The program provides independent certification that a supplier’s food safety and quality management system complies with international and domestic food safety regulations. This enables suppliers to assure their customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest possible standards, at all levels of the supply chain.